City wary of title collapse ahead of Spurs showdown — Big Match Focus

City wary of title collapse ahead of Spurs showdown — Big Match Focus

City wary of title collapse ahead of Spurs showdown — Big Match Focus

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted he does not know how long he will be without star striker Sergio Aguero.

City are at Tottenham for Saturday's late fixture.

A rocky week of football has left Premier League's champion-elect Manchester City in a lurch.

"But if we score the second goal or we score two or three goals you would see how they run and how aggressive they are. He could not train", Guardiola told reporters on Friday. It's not unusual for a team to win a lot of a games and when they lose people ask "what happened?" That's why he could not play from the beginning. "He was not ready".

The past week has taken a little of the shine off City's outstanding season with the loss to United coming between defeats by Liverpool in both legs of their Champions League quarter-final. "Real Madrid, years ago, lost six games in a row and didn't win the league". The players have shown every day, in every game [since then] that it's not done because if it was they wouldn't play the way they play.

"After that game I don't know if he'll be ready for the Swansea game (on April 22)".

Guardiola is facing a selection headache for the Tottenham game, with the Spaniard saying he has 14 available players "plus the kids".

City is also without midfielder Fernandinho, who is suspended, and John Stones is still out with a thigh injury.

"Tottenham are a fantastic team".

But despite needing only five points to be certain of his first Premier League title, Guardiola says his side can still be caught. "We are 13 points plus goal difference in front for a reason", said Guardiola.

"The results were good".

Manchester United fans may still be on a high after last Sunday's second-half comeback to spoil Man City's title celebrations at the Etihad. But it doesn't depend on the United result, it's in our hands, it's up to us to win our games, and we are able to win [the] two games [needed].

"We have to do it tomorrow. You have to try to win the first one", he said. Now we have in front of us the most important title in the season by far. That's why we are there.

VAR will continue to be trialled by the FA during FA Cup and Carabao Cup games as it has been this season where there's been plenty of issues, especially when it comes to the crowd not knowing what's going on.

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